The total number of COVID-19 cases in India climbed up to 21,700 after 1,229 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll rose to 686 after 34 new fatalities were reported in one day. Over 4,300 people have recovered in the country till now.

Dr. Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR said in a briefing today, “It is very difficult to tell that peak will arrive by 3rd May or when it will come. But it is very stable. The positivity rate has been 4.5% throughout, one can say we have been able to flatten the curve. However, difficult to predict it(peak).”

In a big breakthrough, a COVID-19 detection test developed by IIT-Delhi was approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today.

Meanwhile, Kerala, the state that has been successful in flattening the virus-growth curve to a large extent, reported 10 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the state’s tally to 283.

At least 46 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. The national capital’s case count climbed up to 2,248.

Mumbai’s Dharavi reported 24 fresh cases and one new fatality in the last 24 hours. The death toll in Dharavi stands at 13.

Madhya Pradesh’s coronavirus cases surged past 1,680, and the death toll mounted to 83. Indore alone has recorded over 945 cases till now.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs said that a contract for 5 lakh testing kits has been signed with a South Korean company. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said, “Our mission has also signed a contract on behalf of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) with another South Korean company to procure and supply 5 lakh COVID-19 testing kits.”


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